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Where is the real Ron Margiotta and what have you done with him?

Compare and contrast these two items:

#1 – Raleigh’s News & Observer – May 13 2009:

Wake County School board member Ron Margiotta got some negative reaction from other board members last week when he proposed elimination of the district’s vaunted magnet program.”

#2 – Letter to magnet school principals and parents from this morning:

Staff and parents,

Over the past several weeks, many concerns and questions have been raised about the future of magnet Schools in our Public School system. I heard many comments during the Dec.1st. School Bd. meeting as well as numerous stories in the media that have created uncertainty and frustration with parents and staff. As Chairman of the School Board I feel it is necessary to address this issue with those who are involved with Magnet Schools on a daily basis to quell further rumors and hearsay.

Magnet Schools serve as an integral piece in educating children in Wake County. In conversations with School Board members, I can assure you that no discussions have been held about the magnet system or its future.

As the Board moves forward, the magnet system will certainly be part of our discussion in improving education for all children but only with the input of parents, staff and taxpayers. Your involvement in the discussion process is vital to achieving academic excellence for all our students.

I thank you for your work and commitment to the children of Wake County and look forward to your guidance in the future.

Ron Margiotta
Chairman Wake County School Board”

Which is it Ron? Have you had a change of heart or are you just waiting to spring something when no one’s paying attention?

3 Comments

  1. Chris Fitzsimon

    December 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Now if he would only change his mind about the school assignment policy, abstinence-only education, breaking up the school district, and would decide to pass out copies of what the board is debating to all the board members—then we will be getting somewhere.

  2. […] Rob noted yesterday on the Pulse, the fears of magnet supporters are hardly unjustified. The N&O reported in May […]

  3. Iwantpublicoption

    December 9, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    The letter does not deny he hasn’t had discussions with incoming school board members about eliminating magnet schools – – and we know they had lots of discussions about lots of things which would have likely violated open meetings laws but for the fact the were not school board members at the time.

    Further, he has already show a propensity to make decisions without the input of parents, staff and taxpayers. Why should this letter have any credibility whatever. And why isn’t the N&O calling him out?